Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking is Carrie Fisher’s stage production of her autobiographical book of the same title. World of Wonder Productions produced this film version for HBO combining her her one-woman stage performance, which was taped before a live audience, with archival footage.

An actress, screenwriter and bestselling author, Carrie Fisher is the daughter of the late singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, known as “America’s Sweethearts” in the late 1950s. She became a star at age 19 after playing Princess Leia in the first “Star Wars” trilogy in the 1970s.  Despite growing up with “Hollywood royalty” as parents and experiencing early fame of her own, Fisher’s life had its challenges, as she reveals in this both humorous and sobering account. Combining her wit and raw facts, Wishful Drinking reveals her own slant on the not-so-glittering side of being a celebrity.

From stardom to divorce, re-marriage to the death of a close friend, addiction to mental illness, Carrie Fisher recounts her peaks and valleys with both candor and biting humor, referring to celebrity as just “obscurity biding its time.”

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher details her complicated yet eclectic extended family tree in Hollywood Inbreeding 101, using a blackboard and wooden pointer.  Her father Eddie Fisher’s very public affair with Elizabeth Taylor ended what had been perceived and celebrated as a “storybook marriage,” and she and her brother Todd later watched both her mother’s and father’s “once white-hot bright star of celebrity slowly dim, cool and fade.” In 1973, at her mother’s urging, the 17-year-old Carrie Fisher enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London; two years later, her life changed forever when she donned a white dress as Princess Leia in George Lucas‘ “Star Wars.”

Besides making her a star, the movie resulted in Carrie Fisher’s image being merchandised as part of the “Star Wars” franchise for the last thirty years. These items include dolls, shampoo, soap, Mrs. Potato Head and a PEZ dispenser. Carrie Fisher notes that among his many possessions, Lucas owns her likeness, “so every time I look in the mirror, I have to send him a couple of bucks.”

Aside from the strain from her high visibility, Carrie Fisher continued to face more than her share of challenges.  With her  usual candor, she discusses her bipolar diagnosis and the life-changing decision to have electric shock therapy (ECT).

Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking – Star Wars

Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking

Congratulations to Carrie Fisher on reprising her role as the iconic Princess Leia in the new Star Wars movie due out at the end of 2015! And although she looked great before, she looks awesome after losing over 40 pounds to play Princess Leia again! Check out this clip from Wishful Drinking of Carrie talking about Star Wars and her famous ... See the Rest

Nerdgasm: Carrie Fisher Confirms She Will Reprise the Role of Princess Leia in the New Disney Star Wars Movies

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One of our favorite wowlebrities spoke to Palm Beach Illustrated: Disney is going to continue the Star Wars saga, producing movies set to hit theaters starting in 2015. Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia? Yes. What do you think Princess Leia is like today? Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home ... See the Rest

OMG! Congratulations Carrie Fisher!

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THAT'S SO FANTASTIC! Congratulations on your Emmy award for Wishful Drinking! Congratulations World of Wonder! Congratulations to everybody who worked so hard on the project! How exciting that you beat out... oh, wait. Hold on just a second. I'm getting information now that Carrie did NOT, in fact, win an Emmy award, that Wishful Drinking LOST, and ... See the Rest

WHAT BECOMES A LEGEND?

The new, glossy Hollywood Reporter produced three different covers for its "The Legends Issue." With the exception of Halle Berry, it's hard to argue with any of their choices. And call me biased, but wowlebrity Debbie Reynolds (farthest to the left, if you are too young to know better) takes the top honors for the hottest looking legend. Flawless! ... See the Rest

The Fisher Queen

Hollywood authority Janet Charlton, who was at last night's celebrity screening of HBO's documentary Wishful Drinking, was taken with the show. "Debbie Reynolds’ daughter turned out to be a smart and funny writer and her latest book Wishful Drinking has evolved into a one-woman show," she writes. "And what a show it is. World of Wonder did a ... See the Rest

Wishful Drinking in the New York Times

Guess who was on the cover of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section this past Sunday? Wowlebrity Carrie Fisher along with her mother, the one and only Debbie Reynolds! You can read the full article over at the Times website website. And don't miss Wishful Drinking, premiering Sunday, December 12, at 9PM on HBO. ... See the Rest

Everybody Loves Carrie

The latest issue of Ladies Home Journal gives three reasons to love Carrie Fisher. Fall in love yourself when her World of Wonder-produced HBO special Wishful Drinking airs on December 12. ... See the Rest

The Fisher Queen

Variety reports today what we've known around here for a while – that World of Wonder Productions is producing a feature-length documentary for HBO based on Carrie Fisher's hilarious autobiographical one-woman Broadway show (and book), Wishful Drinking. Producer-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato will be filming the hit show later this June ... See the Rest